HGF adds more weight to London Trade Marks Team

January 2016

HGF are delighted to announce the arrival of Jonathan Thurgood who joins the firm on Feb 1st from Carpmaels and Ransford.  Jonathan joins a strong London team at HGF alongside Claire Hutchinson, Stephanie Loffler reading and Geoff Smith.

Jonathan is described in leading directories as “"wonderfully enthusiastic, personable and knowledgeable" (WTR 1000, 2015), “[his] freedom to operate opinions are in hot demand, as are his clever litigation and enforcement strategies. The qualified trade mark attorney litigator is equally at home on either side of the contentious/non-contentious divide.” (WTR 1000, 2016).  "Highly regarded" (Legal 500, 2014), “dedicated, thorough and punctual" (Legal 500, 2013). The WTR 1000 stated in 2014 that Jonathan, “consistently provides robust advocacy and clear and concise communication and court pleadings. He helps to navigate tangled problems by providing creative solutions".

In addition to his advisory, filing, opposition, appeal and dispute resolution work in the UK, Europe and internationally, Jonathan also has substantial experience in domain name and company name disputes, working with Customs to tackle the importation of counterfeit goods and co-ordinating infringement proceedings in multiple jurisdictions. He has also handled design advisory and filing work.

Jonathan is praised by his clients for his depth of understanding, his responsiveness and his ability both to fight tough battles where necessary, and to seek a good negotiated outcome where appropriate. He has successfully taken main hearings before the UK IPO in cancellation proceedings and handled an appeal to the High Court on appeal from the Registrar.

David Potter, head of trade marks at HGF commented “Jonathan will be a great asset to the growing trade marks team in London. He has a strong reputation for his technical expertise and responsiveness to client needs which fits well into the HGF ethos”